If unclaimed, it is reported that since this is his first one, the Giants can re-assign him to Fresno and hold him there. Should he be placed on the 40 again and DFAed again, then should he be unclaimed again, he could decline assignment and declare himself a free agent.
I like what Surkamp did previously and what he has done in his recovery from his TJS, but if we lose him, se la vie. I have reached the point that I trust the Giants brain trust to make the call on a player and what they think is right.
Sabean and gang has been extraordinarily good at not missing much when trading away players or just plain letting them go, and especially at keeping around the interesting ones who might be good ones, like Cain, Lincecum, Sandoval, Posey, Bumgarner, Belt and Crawford. Who have gotten away? Foulke, Howry, Liriano but he caused the Twins to waste Mauer's and Morneau's peak seasons, maybe Villanueva and Correia, and Wheeler is a ticking time bomb. That's minor compared to what we have gotten in trade: Schmidt, Snow, Burke, Livan, Nen, Winn, Pence, Scutaro, among others.
If Surkamp moves on and prove the Giants wrong, that's what happens with calculated risks, sometimes they backfire. Fans get mad at mistakes, but I feel that any GM who does not skate on the edge isn't doing everything he can to get us to the promised land ... again, for the third time, one must also remember.
Fans should want their GM to take some risks, to push the envelope some, and pick up some big gains in the process. Like, though they had a full rotation already, had Tanaka been available, maybe they go ahead and bid for him and maybe win him, then figure out what to do with six starters (apparently Tanaka's team isn't happy that the new posting system limits them to $20M posting fee, and thus are keeping him for one more season - they control him for two more - for $8M and probably will post him next off-season; which is perfect for us, as we'll have a better idea of where Lincecum, Hudson, and Vogelsong are with their major league careers by next off-season, and perhaps be very interested in entering the contest for his services).
But I think I can say pretty confidently that should we lose him, he won't go on and be a Johan Santana who moves on to become an ace. That rarely happens period, and hasn't happened to the Giants so far, though Liriano came close and Wheeler is still out there. And his stats, while nice in the minors, wasn't overwhelming either, like Lincecum's or Bumgarner's were. But you never know, hence the term "calculated risk". It is unlikely he comes back to hurt us, but that risk is there.
Meanwhile, it looks like Pill is signing with a Korean team and that will open up one 40-man roster spot for the Giants. Now, if another team comes into the situation where they need to DFA someone they otherwise might have kept, that is, take their calculated risk, the Giants are in position now to grab a flier, like they did with Rosario last season. He did OK but not that great, and while he'll be competing for a spot, I don't see him winning a spot, not with Hembree and Machi around. But that's baseball too, that's why you play the games, because you never know.
In other news, the Giants appeared to have added a number of players, as reported by Pavlovic:
- First, the Giants (I read this somewhere else previously) signed former A's relief pitcher, Andrew Carignan, whose stats looked nice. Could be a nice reclamation project, not sure why the A's let him go, maybe he could be another Casilla for us.
- Also, BA announced the Giants signed Adam Refer and Casey Weathers. The Giants rep for being Pitcher Whisperers appears to be still going strong, the former did well with flaws (walks) and the latter was a high draft pick who has struggled (like Blanco and Arias, who were top prospects once), and the Giants picked up both.
- And a Giants minor leaguer playing in winter league tweeted that a teammate, Mario Lisson, signed with the team. He played a number of positions, but apparently 3B is his regular position.